Jan 13 | 2015 Daytona Supercross Course Map

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For the eighth straight year, the Daytona Supercross will be a Ricky Carmichael Signature Design and the course will have a fresh look with the starting gate moving to the west end of the tri-oval.

DAYTONA Supercross Course

Attached is the course for the 2015 Daytona Supercross, the longest continuous Supercross event in America scheduled for Saturday night, March 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The prestigious and physically demanding event will once again be the only stop in Florida for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in 2015.

For the eighth straight year, the Daytona Supercross will be a Ricky Carmichael Signature Design and the course will have a fresh look with the starting gate moving to the west end of the tri-oval.

Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.

Also returning in 2015 will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kid tickets (ages 6-12) start at $10.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jan 13 | Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to Daytona International Speedway on June 20-21

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On Father’s Day Weekend in 2015, the stars of Red Global Rallycross will slide, bang and fly in manufacturer-backed entries such as Ford, Chevrolet, Subaru and Volkswagen on portions of Daytona’s famed road course asphalt and a challenging dirt section. Red Bull GRC Supercars produce 600 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds.

Red Bull Global Rallycross

The sliding, banging and the jumping of the Red Bull Global Rallycross will return to Daytona International Speedway on June 20-21, the second straight year the series has competed at the “World Center of Racing.”

 

Daytona International Speedway, which annually hosts stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts, added rallycross to its 2014 event calendar with driver Rhys Millen capturing the inaugural event.

 

On Father’s Day Weekend in 2015, the stars of Red Global Rallycross will slide, bang and fly in manufacturer-backed entries such as Ford, Chevrolet, Subaru and Volkswagen on portions of Daytona’s famed road course asphalt and a challenging dirt section. Red Bull GRC Supercars produce 600 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds.  

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming back Red Bull Global Rallycross,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Our inaugural event in 2014 showed how exciting this brand of racing can be for the fans and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to continue to grow this event in 2015.”

 

Entering its fifth year, Red Bull Global Rallycross competes across the world in marquee locations like Barbados, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Among the rallying and action sports athletes that compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross are Ken Block, Bucky Lasek, Scott Speed, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Tanner Foust.

 

Red Bull Global Rallycross features an open paddock where fans are able to walk through the garages, engage the drivers and watch the mechanics wrench on the cars.

 

Tickets for the Red Bull Global Rallycross go on sale on Friday, Jan. 16. Detailed event schedule will be released in the coming months.

 

For more information on Red Bull Global Rallycross, please visit www.redbullglobalrallycross.com.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross

Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

Jan 10 | Roar Before the Rolex 24 Day Two

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Defending Champions Barbosa, Bourdais, Fittipaldi Experience DAYTONA Rising First-Hand

DAYTONA Rising AX Racing

Talk about a view from the top.

Saturday at Daytona International Speedway was all about summits. The defending Rolex 24 championship team, which also is the defending IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team, was sky-high again near Turn 1, or rather, overlooking Turn 1, where new grandstands are providing a preview of the speedway’s DAYTONA Rising construction project.

For Action Express Racing drivers Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais and Christian Fittipaldi, this third summit was achieved in simpler fashion but the result was nonetheless spectacular. For arguably the best team in the house, getting to check out what are arguably the best seats in the house was something special indeed. The top level of the new grandstands rises 150 feet above the speedway; the new seats in the west end of the frontstretch grandstands provide a prime sightline to the entire 3.56-mile road course.

The drivers got their top-tier tour during a break in Saturday’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions.

“It’s huge … and obviously, a perfect view of the track,” said Fittipaldi, who teamed with Barbosa to win the TUDOR Championship’s driving and team titles last year. “Daytona is always an awesome facility and now, there are upgrades [like this] that will make it even more user-friendly for everyone who comes to watch the races.”

Bourdais, primarily known for his success in open-wheel racing, joined Barbosa and Fittipaldi for the Rolex 24 last year. His return this year makes the trio a definite threat to repeat, in the season-opening event for the second-year TUDOR Championship.

“This is quite phenomenal; you can see everything there is to see,” Bourdais said. “There’s no better point of view than that, at any kind of race track where I’ve been.”

Added Barbosa: “I’m really surprised and really impressed. This [view] is tremendous. I think fans who sit there and watch the race will really, really have a good time. This is the spot to come to.”

Action Express fared well in the first two (of four) practice sessions Saturday, posting the third-fastest speed in the first session and the second-fastest in the second session. Jordan Taylor led the first session in the No. 10 Corvette DP with a fast lap of 129.218 mph (1 minutes, 39.181 seconds); the second session was led by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular AJ Allmendinger in the No. 60 Honda/Ligier JS P2, at 128.910 (1:39.418).

Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before the Rolex 24, which wraps up Sunday, can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jan 09 | Roar Before the Rolex 24, Day One

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All-Star Ganassi Racing Lineup On Display, With Fastest Practice Speeds

Roar Day 1

Once again, the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates organization is among the favorites to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona, with a high-profile two-car team featuring stars from IMSA, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Intimidating on paper, the lineup was even more so on Friday, the first day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions. Ganassi cars led both practices on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course, in preparation for the Jan. 24-25 season-opening event of the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

That lineup includes former DAYTONA 500 champion Jamie McMurray, who will co-drive the No. 02 Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP with former Indianapolis 500 champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan plus 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson.

McMurray covets a Rolex 24 win – and the championship Rolex watch awarded to winners – which should surprise no one. He’s the consummate big-stage performer. In addition to his DAYTONA 500 triumph he also has a Brickyard 400 victory and a win in Daytona’s summer event, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. His other NASCAR wins have come at Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“The Rolex 24 is definitely on my bucket list,” McMurray said. “The watch – to me, that’s the trophy. I don’t even know if I’d wear it, if got one. I think I’d just look at it.”

McMurray’s teammate Scott Pruett has five Rolexes to peruse. The co-driver of the No. 01 Ford/Riley – teamed with Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam – is trying to become the only driver to win the Rolex 24 overall title six times. Pruett and Hurley Haywood share the all-time record of five overall victories. Four of Pruett’s wins have come as a lead driver for Ganassi Racing.

“The record is always a big deal but I never think about it,” Pruett said. “My focus is on the here and now.

“But every year, there’s just something magical about coming to Daytona. I raced here for the first time [in 1985] and it’s still just as exciting for me now as it was then.”

The first practice session was topped by the No. 02 with a fast lap of 128.926 mph (1 minute, 39.406 seconds), with Dixon at the wheel. The No. 01 logged second-fastest at 128.798 (1:39.505) with Hand driving. In the afternoon, Hand had the best lap of the second session and the day overall – 128.937 (1:39.397). Ozz Negri was second-fastest in the No. 60 Honda/Ligier JS P2, at 128.782 (1:39.517).

“It’s great … to jump in the car and have a good feel for the car and be able to go quick right away,” Hand said. “It’s a great feeling for sure. I just hope it stays that way all the way through the end of this race. “

Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before the Rolex 24, which continues Saturday and Sunday, can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jan 09 | Start Times Finalized For Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 Events

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57th annual DAYTONA 500 set for a 1 p.m. ET start

Start Times Announced

The 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, will start at 1 p.m. (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN Radio, SiriusXM). It’s the sixth straight year “The Great American Race” will have a start time of 1 p.m.

Start times for the other remaining events of Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 at Daytona International Speedway are as follows:

• The 53rd anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, Jan. 24-25, 2:10 p.m. (FOX Sports and IMSA.com)

• The Lucas Oil 200 Presented By American Real MAV TV ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Saturday, Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

• The Sprint Unlimited, Saturday, Feb. 14, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)

• Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, Sunday, Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. (FOX)

• Budweiser Duel At Daytona, Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

• NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

• Alert Today Florida 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, Saturday, Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

In this year’s DAYTONA 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be seeking his second consecutive DAYTONA 500 victory. The last driver to win back-to-back DAYTONA 500s was Sterling Marlin back in 1994-95.

Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 will also provide fans with a sneak peek of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment. Approximately 40,000 new seats will be available on the west side of the stadium, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track. Fans in these wider more comfortable seats will enjoy many of the new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising.

Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Jan 09 | BMW to Return as Sponsor for the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Race at Daytona

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BMW Performance 200 Scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23, part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend

BMW Performance 200

BMW has signed a multi-year partnership with Daytona International Speedway to serve as the title sponsor for the season-opening IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday, Jan. 23, part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend at the “World Center of Racing.” The official race name will be the BMW Performance 200.

This will be the fourth straight year that BMW has served as the title sponsor for the 2 ½-hour season-opening event. The partnership includes the race entitlement, on-site signage, display space and hospitality throughout the event weekend. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with BMW during the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend as the title sponsor of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season opener,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “BMW has a long history of success at the ‘World Center of Racing’ and we’re looking forward to kicking off the IMSA season with the BMW Performance 200.”

As with previous years, BMW will feature a unique pace car for the BMW Performance 200; this year the BMW M4 Coupe equipped with M Performance Parts.  Last year, BMW teams started off the season in the strongest way with a 1-2-3-4 BMW M3 finish in the Grand Sport class and a 1-2 BMW 328i finish in the Street Tuner class. 

“I’m delighted to tell enthusiasts about BMW M Performance Accessories by emphasizing the success BMW has earned over four decades at North American race tracks,” said Craig Westbrook, Vice President of Aftersales for BMW of North America. “The BMW Performance 200 is the best way to start the season, and it’s a race we are exceptionally proud of because so many privately-campaigned BMW cars are entered each year.”

After numerous privateer-owned BMW cars complete the BMW Performance 200, the BMW of North America-supported BMW Team RLL will race its two new BMW Z4 GTLM chassis in the legendary Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25. BMW of North America is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 and this year's Rolex 24 At Daytona also marks the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport's first race in the United States. BMW Team RLL will run numbers 24 and 25 in honor of the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA Group 4 race cars that won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975 and the Rolex 24 in 1976.

Tickets for the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24, the three-day test session scheduled for January 9-11, can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 147 BMW motorcycle retailers, 122 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

www.bmwgroupna.com.

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